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When a friend came for a visit couple of weeks ago she’d had a busy week. I thought she might need some comfort food so I made meatloaf. To my surprise she told me she had never made meatloaf. What? Meatloaf is the most versatile of dishes and the most comforting, I said as I launched into my meatloaf sales pitch.
We enjoyed meatloaf that night for dinner. The next day we ate cold meatloaf sandwiches. And I still had enough meatloaf left to make spaghetti with meat sauce the next day. She asked me for the recipe.
My favorite ground meat for making meatloaf is turkey. I add an egg, some breadcrumbs from the freezer or some oatmeal if I don’t have breadcrumbs. I chop up an onion, and throw in any leftovers I might have in the fridge. This could be chopped up celery, grated carrots, or something from the meal the previous day. Then I add the special sauce. Chili sauce, salsa, corn relish, ketchup, barbecue sauce, or whatever you have handy gets added, making this a very flexible dish. Peanut sauce can be good, or I had some smoky onion and pepper chutney I added one time. Mix it together, put it in a pan, and bake for an hour. The sauce adds some sweetness and means the top of the meatloaf gets a bit caramelized. Yummy.
When I started to add up the cost, this dish showed itself to be extremely economical. Ground turkey was on special for $3, an egg costs $.25, an onion $.30, breadcrumbs maybe $.50, and the sauce about $.75. I had some sun-dried tomatoes in the fridge and chopped them up adding another $.75. The total of $5.55 provided the meat portion of six meals. We had sweet potatoes and carrots with our meatloaf the first night. For lunch we bought olive ciabatta buns and enjoyed slabs of cold meatloaf with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise and cheese. As we worked out the cost per meal of this marvelous concoction, we became giddy with the virtues of meatloaf.
Just before writing this blog, I made meatloaf again. It is cooking right this moment. I put black beans and barbecue sauce in this time. Because today was extremely hot, I took my easy bake oven onto the deck and plugged it in there. My meal is cooking and the heat is staying outside. I threw in a couple of sweet potatoes since I had the oven on already so I just need to steam the asparagus, and I am ready for dinner.
I love meatloaf and I wonder if there are any other meatloaf lovers out there. I welcome any tips you want to share.
That is what’s on my mind today, what do you think?